Rotherham MP Alexander Stafford “angered” by Rwanda flight’s last-minute cancellation

A Rotherham MP says he was “angered” that a flight transporting asylum seekers to Rwanda was cancelled this week, following a legal challenge.

Thursday, 16th June 2022, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 16th June 2022, 2:45 pm

The first UK deportation flight was due to take off on Tuesday night (June 14) but was cancelled last- minute after the European Court of Human Rights issued legal challenges.

Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley said during a debate in Parliament on June 15: “The Home Secretary has confined that despite the despicable ruling from the foreign European Court….that we are committed to relocating illegal immigrants to Rwanda.

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Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley spoke during a debate in Parliament on June 15.

“When can we look forward in Rother Valley, to wheels down in Kigali for the first flight?”

Priti Patel told parliament that the government is “working to receive the judgement fro the European Court – that is right that we do that.

“Our policy is lawful, and we will continue. I can give him, and his constituents every assurance that we will continue.”

Mr Stafford later posted on social media: ” Like many Rother Valley constituents, I was angered that yesterday the European Court of Human Rights stopped the first relocation flight.”

“Today I raised this in the Chamber and got confirmation from the Home Secretary Priti Patel that despite this set back, flights will start soon to Rwanda.

“We must take control of our borders.”